Twenty-one attorneys who represented President Donald Trump on his quest to overturn the 2020 Arizona presidential election have been slapped with a formal ethic complaint filed with the Lawyer Regulation Division of the State Bar of Arizona.
The 8-page complaint, filed by two former presidents of the Arizona State Bar and five other attorneys, alleges the attorneys knowingly brought 10 “utterly meritless cases” against elections officials.
“Confidence in the legal system is seriously eroded when attorneys treat lawsuits as a platform for broadcasting gossip and innuendo utterly devoid of factual proof, as a political stunt,” the letter states.
The bar complaint requests the State Bar of Arizona conduct an official investigation and “that appropriate action be taken.” If an ethics violation is sustained against an attorney, the consequences could include verbal reprimand, investigation fees, required ethics courses, suspension and disbarment, Phoenix NBC station 12 News reports.
Eleven of the attorneys named in the complaint are practicing in Arizona. The others are licensed in other states but worked on the Arizona cases, including the widely known Dallas attorney Sidney Powell.
Attorney Bob McWhirter is one of the seven attorneys who lodged the complaint. McWhirter is also a member of the State Bar of Arizona Board of Governors.
“You’re not allowed to use the courts as your political playground,” McWhirter told 12 News.
“It’s not a liberal or conservative thing at all. It’s about not filing frivolous lawsuits which wastes thousands and thousands of taxpayer dollars,” McWhirter added.
You can read the complaint in its entirety below: